Pay scales lack justice

February 14, 1997

THE RECENTLY negotiated national pay settlement between the universities and the Association of University Teachers contained an unambiguous agreement by both sides that "a fully funded independent pay review body established by the Government is the most appropriate way in present circumstances to meet the need for a pay system which will be rational, internally fair and (which can) take account of external comparability".

It was, therefore, with some consternation that I read remarks attributed to the chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals, Gareth Roberts, to the effect that "a pay review body was not necessarily the most appropriate way forward" (THES, February 7). I feel sure that it can not have been the intention of Professor Roberts to repudiate a freely negotiated national pay settlement within days of its agreement. It is of particular concern given his willingness to co-sponsor joint campaign work throughout last year.

Alan Carr Chair, employment committee, Association of University Teachers.

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